The journey to finding the "perfect guitar" for me was a very enjoyable one and a very educational one. If it weren't for that journey, I would never have learned what was perfect for me or where I could acquire it.
At the end of this fantastic journey I've landed on my perfect guitars and have not had GAS since. As much fun as GAS is to have, it's even better to be completely content and happy with everything about my guitars and not be wanting.
Now I admit, this again is for me. I might have less expectations than others or maybe I can be content with less, I dunno. But for me it worked out amazingly. I have never been so happy with my guitars as I am now. And the education I got along the way will hopefully last forever.
I feel the same way about my Larrivee parlor, my Alhambra classical, my Gibson classical, and my Seagull, Art and Lutherie, and Simon and Patrick. I need no others, and my GAS (and MAS) are totally cured. I am just enjoying. Not to say I still don't enjoy mando "porn" and guitar "porn," however! LOL!!
trek4fr , said, "It will take some time for the strings to seat, for the guitar to get used to me (and vice versa), and for it to open up. Nevertheless, I am VERY happy with my purchase and with what I have."
I actually have no idea if mine has opened up yet or not; forgot to take notes when I first bought it. All I can say is, if it hasn't opened up yet, I'm in for some really nice sounds in the near future!
I'll probably have some sort of idea when I put only her second set of strings on. She still has the original set she came with on her (D'Addario EXPs, lights).
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
41 years ago this summer I stumbled upon my dream guitar. I was sitting in Ed's Music Workshop picking what I thought was an old D-18. It sounded wonderful, much better than the lovely D-18 that my brother and I had chipped in to buy a few years before. I had fallen in love by the time Ed Dick, the owner said, "Hey Jim, how do you like playing a Brazilian Rosewood guitar?" I looked at the back and, sure enough, it was rosewood. I had been playing a D-21 and not a D-18 as I thought. I ran home and phoned my brother Dave in Montreal and asked him if he was ready to buy my half of the D-18. Like me, he was happy to get full use of the D-18 instead of using the Martin for six months and then a Yamaha FG180 for the other six months. I gathered up an old Martin mandolin, an SS Stewart guitar and an old O-21 that had been terribly abused before I got my hands on it and headed to Ed's to do some wheelin' and dealin'. I got my dream guitar and it will always be my most prized possession. I have bought a few guitars since, but am no longer searching for the "perfect guitar". I realize that my old 1962 D-21 is far from perfect and has picked up(as have I) a few battle scars along the way, but after all we've been through together, I'll never part with it. Sorry for the thread drift.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
That's a cool story, Jim. For musicians, music is at the core of who we are. It is more than just what we do. I play keyboard, bass guitar, accordion, and am now learning acoustic guitar. If I didn't play at least every other day, I'd probably go nuts. It is my spiritual outlet, more than just a hobby. So it stands to reason that our instruments that allow us this creativity, these outlets are very personal to us. They become part of our journey. I don't know how many keyboards, basses, and accordions I've had. Let's just say more than a few. Ha ha! But they've all been part of my life and journey and good for where I was in life at that time. I always learned something from each one, not only about the instrument, but about myself -- my own creativity, my longing to be part of this wonderful language that we call music that allows us to commune with our own soul and with the souls of others. I could modify Willie Nelson's song, "To All the Guitars I've Loved Before." Ha ha!. It pales in comparison to a great human relationship, of course, and there is no such thing as the "perfect" guitar. But there are instruments, as you have found, that become part of us, that somehow allow us to share who we are down deep with others. That, my friend, is a good thing.
@sleigh , is correct; it stands for Grand Auditorium. A GA is one size up from a Folk size. GA's are very similar to Mini Jumbos except that the lower bout on a GA is slightly smaller, small enough that any GA would fit in a normal guitar case whereas a Mini Jumbo won't because of that lower bout being juuuuuust a wee bit too big or wide.
So now my trio of guitars = 1 dread, 1 GA and 1 Folk.
Are there standard sizes for guitars? Doesn't each manufacturer or luthier decide on what size his/her guitars will be?
The size designations on guitars have always confused me. I'm simple minded so I've been happy enough to find guitar cases sized for a "dreadnought". Probably explains why I've only bought that size of guitar.
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Post by seagullplayer on May 15, 2019 12:40:32 GMT -5
My problem is that I have bought the perfect guitar several times, only to later find the more perfect guitar. I can't explain this fully. At least not to my wife's satisfaction. So I have only come to except that this will always be the case and not to stress over it too bad.
Not everyone in the house has come to my level of acceptance.
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